The Road to Extinction-
Endangered Species of the Earth
World image from
Pam Albrecht, CIT and Sherri Benetti, 5th grade teacher
Frances M. Rhodes Elementary
Northside Independent School District
San Antonio, Texas
present rate of extinction as much a third of the world's species could
be gone in the next twenty years." (World Wildlife Fund)
As a Rhodes
Raptor, you know how critical it is for the world to preserve its animal
species. Like our namesake's prehistoric extinction, many of today's animals
are threatened. To help them, you've just founded the Raptor Rescue Fund-
a new school club to save endangered animals around the world. As an its
founding member, you are looking for more members to help you raise awareness
and funds for this critical world problem. You must find a way to convince
students to join your club and eventually effect future efforts both through
letter-writing and fundraising.
Part 1- Research and Presentation
Your task is
to prepare a presentation, brochure, or a website that informs others
of the need to care for the animals of the world and reasons animals are
becoming endangered and extinct.You may choose how you want to present
your information, but here are some ideas:
each you should organize your presentation according to the questions
that you researched. (Verbal Linguistic) (ST)
a "rough draft" by making a slide/section of the project for
each question. (NT)
forget your final section/slide must include how you plan to stabilize/increase
the population for your endangered animal.(Verbal Linguistic)(NF)
You may choose
clipart/photos or drawings to your presentation to make it more visually
music or sounds to enhance your presentation (Music/Rhythmic)
graphs or charts that you have found or made to demonstrate changes
in your animal's population or habitat (Logical/Mathematical)
information you learned on by interviewing a veternarian or other life
science professional or environmental activist. (Naturalist.) See Mrs.
Albrecht for how to "cite" this source.
a slide/section to show changes over time to your endangered animal
or habitat (Naturalist)
your own motion paths or even create your own for the entrances of your
clip art or photos (Multimedia project only) (Bodily/Kinesthetic)
will present their findings to their class. After those presentations, students
will write a persuasive letter to wildlife groups and/or governmental representatives
to influence their vote and stands on endangered species issues.
1: After meeting with the librarian, to brainstorm both a list of questions
you'd like to research and where you might find answers to those questions.
(Click here for a list of sample questions.) You will use both the library
and internet sources below to gather your information. She will also help
you to organize your information by making a research folder. This folder
will have library pockets, one for each question you are researching. Write
the question on each pocket. You will also need a sources pocket on the
front of your folder.You will make a source card for every different source
you find, numbering it in the upper right corner in the order you find it.
When you record answers to your questions, don't forget to record the source
number on your answer cards so that you can adequately cite your "sources."
2: Do your research using the following resources:
Info about Endangered Animals
Gallimard and Sylvaine Perols. "Endangered Animals." New
York, NY:Scholastic, Inc., 1997.
Wildlife Federation. "Endangered Species: Wild and Rare."
USA:Chelsea House Publishers, 1997.
John Bonnett. "Endangered Animals." Poway, CA.:Wildlife
Education, Ltd., 2001.
David. "Can We SaveThem?" Watertown, MA.: Charlesbridge
Margery. "And Then There Was One." San Francisco, CA.:
Sierra Club Books, 1990.
Dave. "Endangered Wetland Animals." New York, NY.: Crabtree
Dave. "Endangered Forest Animals." New York, NY.: Crabtree
Clint. "Endangered Animals Dictionary." New York, NY.:Scholastic,
3: Use the information you have found to make your non-linear powerpoint,
webpage, or brochure. You may use any of the ideas listed in the task section
above. Before giving your presentation use the self
check evaluation to make sure you are done.
4: Present your information to your classmates. While listening, you may
evaluate your peers by using the attached peer
addition to the Self Check evaluation
and Peer Project evaluation, your teacher will be evaluating your project from your presentation. She
will use one of the rubrics below:
is also beneficial for you to evaluate the whole research process to determine
things you have learned from the whole research process. To do that you
need to use the attached self
evaluation of the research process.
Part 2: Persuasive
the information you have learned, write a representative, senator, or an
environmental group expressing your opinions and desired changes to help
lower the number of endangered species. Be sure to support your opinions
and desires with justifications (why you believe that or want that changed.)
Get others to support your stance with signatures. Mail the letter.
Senate Dist. 26
Leticia Van de Putte
PO Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711
House Dist. 116**
Trey Martinez Fischer ¹ House Dist. 20
PO Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768-2910
Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison
284 Russell Senate Building
Washington DC 20510
Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22184 (703) 790-4000
the intelligent management and appreciation of natural resources.
North Lynn Street Arlington, VA 22209 (703) 841-5300
to preserving plants, animals and natural communities by protecting
the lands and water they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy
is the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world.
Box 270270 St. Louis, MO 63127 (314) 938-6193
to the rescue, rehabilitation, and breeding of birds. They also
are committed to education the public.
24th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C 20037 (202)293-4800
to protecting life-sustaining resources. They also are dedicated
to threatened and endangered species preservation, pollution control,
and natural resource management.
You have just helped save the raptors of tomorrow.
hard work in researching and promoting efforts to save our world's endangered
species has paid off. In addition you have just joined the ranks of the
an influential force in our democracy.
Thanks to the following sites for: